Severe shortness of breath
Extremely Cold hands or feet
Palpitations or racing heart
“I have never felt so bad”
A couple of years back I became very ill, especially once in bed at the end
of the day. The symptoms I was a having I had never had before and,
especially around midnight, I can honestly say I had never felt so bad –
pain under the ribs, severe shortness of breath on walking even just a few
feet to the bathroom, extremely cold hands and feet (which did not feel like the usual extreme cold I sometimes got with diabetic neuropathy) I felt panicky as I could feel my heart pound, as I lay in bed with severe muscle pain which was migratory (ie kept moving to different locations in the body) and then the body would tremble and I would shiver uncontrollably. The only remedy was to induce vomiting or have a bowel movement…diarrhoea, for which there was often little warning. During the day, I would be giddy, feel faint and dizzy, my gait was uneven, and my speech would slur. I felt inclined to drink loads more water but felt little need to urinate. I’d look in the mirror and look pale and drawn, I’d feel cold and clammy.
If you look at the NHS website you’ll find, albeit in slightly different language, all the foregoing are listed as signs of sepsis in an adult.
Yet each week, for four weeks, I’d go to my GP (General Practitioner) to report the above and, in addition, to report my mounting distress and concern. The emotions, my distress and concern, simply would not be explored. I would be told – and note the underlined language – “It is probably just a touch of flu” “come back if it gets no better.” So each week I would go back as there was no betterment, I'd report the worsening of the condition, the increasing frequency of symptoms, my mounting distress and I’d get the same mantra. "Come back if ..." No wonder our NHS costs a fortune if we have to wait to things are so bad we need expensive emergency treatment.
There was no exploration of any of the above symptoms, indeed in each appointment that lasted but a few minutes, I never got round to
even mentioning a quarter of the symptoms. There was no exploration of lifestyle, how do the symptoms affect you, what is the range of symptoms you experience? All the doctor heard was “nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea” and ipso facto it had to be flu... of course, probably, just a touch, probably.
Yet the classic signs were sepsis. Now sepsis was not on my agenda then, I did not know that possibly sepsis was what I was experiencing so I could not introduce the word sepsis into the discussion and in any case I had learned in that GP Practice never to even remotely suggest to a doctor you might know what it was you had.
Sepsis affects every body system – it is dangerous; the body is having to mount a very aggressive response to organ dysfunction. Through signs and symptoms the body is demanding your immediate and urgent attention.
Sepsis is a life-threatening complication of an infection in which the body's immune defences react in an extreme way...so extreme and dangerous you MUST take heed and take action.
Sepsis can occur as a result of problems spreading from other parts of the body, such as chest infections, urinary infections, ulcers bursting in the stomach, or cuts and bites on the skin. In my case it had to do with (unbeknown to me) a gallbladder issue.
Sepsis is sometimes referred to as septicaemia or blood poisoning ie the invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream. But sepsis can affect organs inside the body without blood poisoning.
You – and your GP – must treat the signs and symptoms as a medical emergency; the NHS says it is taking extra steps to check for signs and symptoms of the condition in hospital so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. In my view, it needs to be taken more seriously much earlier within the GP Practice – but that means they need time to explore all the symptoms with the client and not dismiss recurring visits as inconsequential flu. Even flu is serious these days.
When I reached Accident and Emergency, having called out the paramedics who saw me lying in my own vomit and poo - latterly I was too weak to get to the toilet - and refused to help me to stand up, even though I was so weak, I heard the doctor on duty say, "We have six hours to save him." I have nothing but admiration for their approach and skill - but absolutely no words of praise for the GP system that allowed this to happen in the first place.
Metaphysically sepsis is an indicator that you are obsessing about something that is poisoning you psychologically. The body is sending you an urgent and very loud and clear message that there is something or someone you need to forgive, to let go of, to stop obsessing about.
It also indicates you hold stubbornly-held negative beliefs that have become destructively vicious.
Consider (ie research) metaphysical or spiritual consequences of anger, distress-thinking, egoic living, self-righteousness, shame.